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  • IMF calls on Thailand to ditch rice support scheme

    11/11/2013 6:47:59 PM PST · by TexGrill · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | 11/11/2013 | Reuters
    (Reuters) - The International Monetary Fund called on Thailand to scrap its pricy scheme to support rice farmers and scale back some other fiscal stimulus measures in order to balance the budget and contain rising public debt. In its annual review of Thailand's economy, the IMF also said the government should do a better job of supervising public banks and non-bank financial institutions, which pose growing financial risks. As Thailand continues to face risks from volatile capital flows and an uncertain global environment, the government should ensure it has enough money to respond to shocks, the IMF said, according to...
  • Singapore, Malaysia tough rivals to Thailand's quest to be medical hub

    11/11/2013 12:25:39 AM PST · by TexGrill · 1 replies
    Nation ^ | 11/11/2013 | Bamrung Amnatcharoenrit
    THAILAND SHOULD prove itself more if it wants to become a regional hub for medical tourism in the long term, competing with arch-rivals Singapore and Malaysia. One major barrier to this quest is politics. If political demonstrations become chaotic to the point of closing airports, this will undermine patients' confidence, and they might decide to go elsewhere, said Pongsakorn Chindawatana, a professional doctor and also senior director of communication at Bangkok Dusit Medical Services. So far, there have been no cancellations of trips to the company's hospitals. The political scenario at present is still considered acceptable. However, the company will...
  • Thailand ranks near bottom in English proficiency

    11/11/2013 12:20:08 AM PST · by TexGrill · 6 replies
    AsiaOne ^ | 11/10/2013 | AsiaOne
    THAILAND - Thailand ranks near the bottom in an English proficiency survey, showing the persistence of one of the key competitive weaknesses of the Thai economy. Out of 60 countries and territories where English is not their mother tongue, Thailand manages only 55th place - outdoing only Panama, Kazakhstan, Algeria, Saudi Arabia and Iraq, according to the EF English Proficiency Index. The survey on adults was conducted by the global leader in international education, EF Education First, which is based in Zurich, Switzerland. Poor English skills indicate the small base of competent adult English speakers necessary for a globalised workforce....
  • Thailand’s Political Unrest Sapping GDP Growth

    11/11/2013 12:16:48 AM PST · by TexGrill
    Live Trading News ^ | 11/08/2013 | Paul Eberling
    The Thailand economy will expand 3.3-3. 4% this year, short of the 3.5% forcast, if the political protests are prolonged to the end of the year, an economist said Friday. Thailands Senate is set to reject a proposed amnesty law for political offenses on 11 November after weeklong street protests raised concerns its passage would reignite political violence. Opposition from the public, universities and business groups convinced a majority of Thailand’s 149 senators to block the legislation, Senate Speaker Nikom Wairatpanij said at a media briefing in Bangkok Wednesday. More than 32,000 people joined demonstrations in the Bangkok, capital and...
  • Thailand braces for any backlash over world court's temple ruling

    11/11/2013 12:09:38 AM PST · by TexGrill · 1 replies
    Reuters ^ | 11/11/2013 | Amy Sawitta Lefevre
    (Reuters) - Hundreds of villagers along Thailand's border with Cambodia have fled their homes and built bunkers ahead of a world court ruling on a turf dispute that could set off a military confrontation and inflame political tension in Bangkok. If Monday's decision by the United Nations court in the Hague awards land around the 900-year-old Preah Vihear temple to Cambodia, the move could fuel anti-government sentiment in the Thai capital. Protesters in Bangkok are trying to thwart an amnesty bill they say is designed to nullify self-exiled former premier Thaksin Shinawatra's 2008 jail term for abuse of power. Thaksin...
  • Thailand racism row reignited by Unilever ad for skin-whitening cream

    10/28/2013 12:41:12 AM PDT · by TexGrill · 6 replies
    Guardian ^ | 10/27/2013 | Kate Hodal
    An advert for a skin-whitening cream that appeared to offer university scholarships to students with fairer skin has stoked a debate over racism in Thailand, where Unilever – the company behind the ad – has been forced to apologise for any "misunderstandings". The "Citra search for clear, soft and glowing skin" asked female students to submit photographs of themselves in their university uniform along with a bottle of Citra Pearly White UV body lotion, for a reward of 100,000 baht (£2,000). Citra is a Thai subsidiary of Unilever. The advert – broadcast on Thai TV and YouTube – showed two...
  • Thailand may introduce tourist tax

    10/22/2013 7:22:33 PM PDT · by TexGrill · 4 replies
    Daily Telegraph ^ | 10/21/2013 | Natalie Paris
    It is currently free to enter to the country, one of Southeast Asia’s most popular destinations, but Thai authorities have said they are now considering introducing a fee of around £10 per head. The government has claimed it is introducing the tax in order to pay for visitors’ unpaid medical bills and in the hope of attracting a better “quality” of holidaymaker. The tax could be introduced from January next year. Pradit Sintavanarong, Thailand's Public Health Minister, said officials from the Ministry of Tourism and Sports, the Ministry of Public Health and the Royal Thai Police agreed the fee should...
  • Taiwan’s population moves from ‘aging’ to ‘aged’: statistics

    10/22/2013 6:51:01 PM PDT · by TexGrill · 2 replies
    Taipei Times ^ | 10/23/2013 | CNA
    Official statistics showing an increase in Taiwan’s 65-and-over population indicate that the nation is on course to go from being an “aging society” to an “aged society,” Deputy Minister of the Interior Hsiao Chia-chi (蕭家淇) said. Senior citizens accounted for 11 percent of the country’s population as of the end of August, up from 10.9 percent at the end of 2011, according to the Ministry of the Interior’s statistics on life expectancy which were released on Tuesday last week. Hsiao said that with an increase in the population of elderly citizens and a rising life expectancy, it was inevitable that...
  • Include Taiwan in drills: members of US Congress

    10/22/2013 6:48:46 PM PDT · by TexGrill · 3 replies
    Taipei Times ^ | 10/23/2013 | William Lowther
    Members of the US Congress have formally asked US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel to invite Taiwan to join the Rim of Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise next year. RIMPAC is held every two years and is the world’s largest international maritime warfare exercise. “It is critical for the US to maintain a relationship with Taiwan equal to that which we maintain with China,” US House of Representatives Armed Services Seapower Subcommittee Chairman Randy Forbes said on Monday. “Taiwan has been a faithful, democratic ally of the US for decades,” the Republican Forbes said. A co-chairman of the Congressional China Caucus, Forbes...
  • Financial literacy and growing Thailand's GDP

    10/20/2013 6:53:56 PM PDT · by TexGrill
    Nation ^ | 10/21/2013 | Lucus Remerswaal
    "One of the greatest gifts we can give to another generation is our experience, our wisdom," said Desmond Tutu. When we invest in our children, our future, we need more than literacy and numeracy. We believe that we can teach financial literacy. Oliver Wendell Holmes said: "One's mind, once stretched by new ideas, never regains its original dimensions." We believe that habits determine destiny, and our first habit is integrity. And the essence of extraordinary life is to live your passion. It all starts with having the integrity to find your purpose and passion. Confucius said: "Choose a job you...
  • Thailand holds rate, trims GDP, export forecast

    10/16/2013 7:02:21 PM PDT · by TexGrill · 2 replies
    Star ^ | 10/16/2013 | Star
    BANGKOK: Thailand's central bank on Wednesday left its benchmark interest rate at 2.5%, a level it continues to feel is low enough to help the economy escape recession. The Bank of Thailand (BoT) said the rate is "still appropriate". It said the economy, which slipped into a mild recession in April-June quarter, is stabilising, but growing slower than expected. The central bank said it revised down its growth and export forecasts at the meeting but the new projections will be released on Oct 25. In July, the growth projection was chopped to 4.2% from 5.1%. The Thai Finance Ministry predicts...
  • Thai 'political dynasties' top world (Thailand)

    10/13/2013 7:51:45 PM PDT · by TexGrill · 4 replies
    Bangkok Post ^ | 10/14/2013 | Bangkok Post
    Thailand has the highest number of political dynasties in the world, according to a report released Sunday. The report by King Prajadhipok's Institute shows the extent of certain families' influence on...
  • Backpacking in Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam

    10/13/2013 7:45:29 PM PDT · by TexGrill · 30 replies
    Guardian ^ | 10/12/2013 | Susan Smillie
    Forget yoga retreats. If you want to find yourself in south-east Asia, says Susan Smillie, try learning to dive in Thailand, jumping on a motorbike in Vietnam or just chilling in Cambodia I've been sitting still for an hour, watching, listening, in the dark. Macaques swing through the cliff-top trees opposite, the drilling of cicadas has begun. Frogs take up the chorus below, the river rushes ahead, gibbons whoop in the distance. Even the leaves are noisy, falling around the deck of my beautiful treehouse with a thud. Stars appear to rush towards me; fireflies twinkling in the Takian trees....
  • Time for a clear vision (Thailand)

    09/22/2013 7:24:28 PM PDT · by TexGrill
    Bangkok Post ^ | 09/23/2013 | Bangkok Post
    Economists are more concerned about Thailand's long-term prospects than the short-term slowdown in growth There is little doubt that the Thai economy has slowed significantly in recent months as a result of global uncertainties and a cutback in spending by domestic companies and consumers. Last month's official report on the economy only confirmed what many already felt _ economic growth fell 0.3% in the second quarter from the previous one, following the 1.7% quarter-on-quarter decline...
  • Washington Navy Yard Killer ‘Planned Thailand Move’

    09/17/2013 11:25:42 PM PDT · by TexGrill · 8 replies
    TIME ^ | 09/16/2013 | Charlie Campbell
    The man accused of slaying 12 people at the Washington Navy Yard in the U.S. capital on Monday had plans to move to Thailand. He also had a strong interest in Buddhism and even taught himself the Thai language, according to media reports. Aaron Alexis, 34, lived in Fort Worth, Texas, working at the Happy Bowl Thai restaurant for three years prior to Monday’s killing spree. Nutpisit Suthamtewakul, the restaurant owner, described the former Navy contractor as “friendly and polite.” He added that Alexis, who died apparently while exchanging fire with police, had previously visited the Southeast Asian nation and...
  • Suspected separatists gun down five policemen in southern Thailand

    09/11/2013 9:44:11 PM PDT · by TexGrill · 4 replies
    Malay Mail ^ | 09/12/2013 | Bernama
    PATTANI, Sept 12 — A group of suspected separatists claimed the lives of five policemen in an ambush at Jalan Tungyangdeang-Saiburi, Mukim Paku, Tungyangdaeng district, Pattani at 10.30am yesterday. Tungyangdaeng district police chief Pol.Col.Kowit Rattanachot said according to witnesses a pick-up vehicle overtook the police car and four men seated at the back of the vehicle had suddenly opened fire at the policemen. The five victims were from the Illegal Oil Trading Investigation Unit of the Southern Border Police Operation Centre. Police found more than 100 M16 and AK47 bullet casings at the scene and the suspects also made off...
  • Thai women warned off foreign men

    09/11/2013 8:49:08 PM PDT · by TexGrill · 14 replies
    Bangkok Post ^ | 09/04/2013 | Bangkok Post
    Thai women have been warned to be careful about dating foreign men they meet on social networking sites, because they could end up being tricked, robbed and lured into sexual encounters. Charoensri Chaikhat, chairwoman of the Phayao Women's Network, said on Wednesday that there have been many reports of Thai women being scammed by foreign men they met on Facebook. "On Facebook, you cannot tell the true identity of a person on the other end because the person can manipulate photos and use a false name," Mrs Charoensri said. She said a woman in northern Thailand was recently lured into...
  • Duty cuts to make Thailand a shopping paradise

    09/10/2013 8:06:11 PM PDT · by TexGrill · 6 replies
    Nation ^ | 09/09/2013 | Suphannee Pootpisut
    Thailand is on its way to becoming a shopping mecca like Hong Kong and Singapore, as the Cabinet is expected to cut import duties on designer goods in a couple months. "The government has a policy for Thailand to be a shopping paradise so it will reduce the tax on luxury imports to a competitive level with other countries like Singapore and Hong Kong, which have zero tariff on luxury goods like perfumes and cosmetics," Areepong Bhoocha-oom, permanent secretary at the Finance Ministry, said yesterday. Lower customs taxes on luxury goods, which local shopping-mall operators have been waiting for years,...
  • Thailand’s first tourist court opens in Pattaya

    09/05/2013 7:27:54 PM PDT · by TexGrill · 7 replies
    Global Times ^ | 09/05/2013 | Xinhua
    Thailand's first tourist court opened on Thursday in the world-renowned resort city of Pattaya, where cases, both civil and criminal, filed by aggrieved tourists can be tried and decided speedily and decisions handed down before a foreign complainant leaves the country. Deputy Attorney General Sattaya Arunthari said the Pattaya Tourist Court will handle lawsuits filed by foreign guests involving crimes committed against them in the city, such as fraud, robbery, theft, rape and physical assault. According to Sattaya, proceedings in the Pattaya tourist court, the first of its kind in Thailand and maybe even in all of Southeast Asia, will...
  • Village under siege from marauding monkeys (Thailand)

    08/29/2013 8:24:58 PM PDT · by TexGrill · 24 replies
    Bangkok Post ^ | 08/29/2013 | AFP
    CHACHOENGSAO - In one village homes are raided, property is pinched and locals are attacked by dastardly gangs operating beyond the law - but the perpetrators are monkeys, not men. "They creep into my house when they see me sleeping, they go into the kitchen and take cooking oil, sugar and even the medicines that I hide in a cabinet,'' said Chaluay Khamkajit, after years battling with pesky primates who are thought to have been drawn into Khlong Charoen Wai village by habitat loss. "They took my snacks, I can buy more, but the medicines are important to me,'' the...
  • Meaningless ceasefire in South Thailand

    08/27/2013 8:24:42 PM PDT · by TexGrill · 3 replies
    Asia Times ^ | 08/27/2013 | Anthony Davis
    BANGKOK - If Thai government leaders and statisticians are to be believed, the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan marked an improvement on the usual pattern of stepped up mayhem that accompanies the month in the conflict-wracked border provinces of southern Thailand. There was, they concluded, a drop in ''violent incidents'' that suggested a much-touted ''ceasefire'' announced in Malaysia on July 12 was not a complete failure, or even that the ground situation might be improving. But as Mark Twain famously commented, ''lies, damned lies and statistics'' are a perennial asset in massaging public perceptions. And when the statistics relate to...
  • Why Hitler is hip in Thailand

    08/21/2013 7:46:22 PM PDT · by TexGrill · 17 replies
    Global Times ^ | 08/21/2013 | Han Shuo
    One of Thailand's leading universities apologized in July after its students displayed a large billboard depicting Adolf Hitler among a host of comic book superheroes during graduation celebrations. Bangkok's Chulalongkorn University expressed its "deep regret" over the painting, which appeared in July and featured Superman, Batman and the Incredible Hulk as well as the genocidal Nazi leader. In a letter to the Simon Wiesenthal Center, the Jewish human rights and Holocaust memorial organization, the university said the students who created it were "unaware of its significance" and had received a verbal warning. Rabbi Abraham Cooper, associate dean of the center,...
  • Monk stripped stolen vans at temple (Thailand)

    08/19/2013 10:55:28 PM PDT · by TexGrill · 5 replies
    Bangkok Post ^ | 08/20/2013 | Bangkok Post
    CHON BURI – Three men and a monk were caught stripping parts from a stolen van at a temple on Monday afternoon, and police believe they have busted an organised gang that has previously stolen several vans. The police aprrested the men at Wat Nong Or in tambon Kho Loi of Phan Thong district. They allege the gang sold the parts from the stolen vehicles to public van operators. The four suspects are Pith Preukserm, 26; Wasant Jitbanchong, 29; Chaichet Chomchuenchom, 48; and monk Suriya Intasri, 53. The police found two Toyota vans at the site, next to the monk's...
  • Homeless foreigners on the rise (Thailand)

    08/19/2013 10:51:08 PM PDT · by TexGrill · 3 replies
    Bangkok Post ^ | 08/19/2013 | Bangkok Post
    The number of homeless Westerners is on the rise in Thailand and the government is poorly prepared to deal with the emerging social problem, a charity warned Monday. "We are starting to see more and more homeless foreigners, many of whom have separated from their Thai wives and now have no money," said Natee Saravari, secretary-general of the Issarachon Foundation. While foreigners can own condos, houses and other property are usually registered in their wives' or girl friends' names, meaning they have no rights and can be ejected. The Thai charity has been helping homeless Thai people in Chiang Mai,...
  • Sandy Winick: Alleged penny stock fraud kingpin arrested in Thailand

    08/19/2013 7:27:41 PM PDT · by TexGrill · 2 replies
    Toronto Star ^ | 08/19/2013 | Tony Van Alphen
    Police in Thailand say they have captured the alleged Canadian kingpin of one of the biggest penny stock frauds ever. The FBI confirmed Monday that authorities in the southeast Asian country arrested Sandy Winick 55 during the weekend. The globetrotting Winick who lived in Toronto and Stoney Creek during the last decade had been on the FBI’s “wanted list” since last week when the agency and the U.S Department of Justice laid fraud charges against him for allegedly masterminding stock and advance fee schemes. A report in the Bangkok Post said Winick was arrested at an apartment in the Yannawa...
  • Thailand's economy enters recession

    08/18/2013 11:48:37 PM PDT · by TexGrill · 2 replies
    BBC News ^ | 08/19/2013 | BBC
    Thailand has fallen into recession after the economy contracted slightly during the April-to-June quarter. Gross domestic product unexpectedly shrank 0.3% during the period, from the previous quarter. That followed a 1.7% contraction in the previous quarter. After chalking up strong economic growth, surpassing 6%, last year, the South East Asian economy has turned in a dismal performance so far in 2013.
  • Thai corporates waking up to key role of R&D

    08/16/2013 1:24:37 AM PDT · by TexGrill
    Nation ^ | 08/16/2013 | Deboonma
    DuPont foresees rapid progress in research and development in Thailand, with growing awareness among Thai companies that innovation will be the key for their survival in the new world order. At its innovation centre in Bangkok, which celebrates its second anniversary today, (Aug 16), 1,500 visitors from 300 companies have been seen, expressing their ideas and seeking consultation on how to commercialise them. "The innovation centre in Bangkok is among the top three most active centres, among 11 around the world," Douglas Muzyka, chief science and technology officer of the global company, said on the sidelines of Siam Cement Group's...
  • Students made to wear 'blinkers' (Thailand)

    08/16/2013 12:25:12 AM PDT · by TexGrill · 2 replies
    Bangkok Post ^ | 08/16/2013 | Bangkok Post
    A photo of students taking exams while wearing paper blinker hats meant to prevent them from cheating was not intended to humiliate the students, Kasetsart University (KU) Student Administrative Board... The picture, posted on Facebook, drew mixed reviews. Some said the hats _ fitted with paper ear flaps to prevent students from looking at each others' answer sheets _ insulted the students' dignity.
  • Thailand mulls compulsory travel insurance

    08/12/2013 11:24:17 PM PDT · by TexGrill · 2 replies
    Nation ^ | 08/13/2013 | Bamrung Amnatcharoenrit
    The Tourism and Sports Ministry is planning to make it compulsory for all foreign tourists to have travel insurance before entering the Kingdom because unpaid bills are putting a huge strain on cash-strapped public hospitals in major destinations, particularly Phuket. However, some tourism-business operators warn that this measure might keep away travellers as well as tarnish the country's image. In a telephone interview with The Nation, Tourism and Sports Minister Somsak Pureesrisak said the ministry was readying to implement the regulation to cut down on foreign tourists' unpaid medical bills that cost the country more than Bt200 million annually. Somsak...
  • BBC crew spend £150000 of licence payers' money partying in Thailand

    08/12/2013 11:13:22 PM PDT · by TexGrill · 5 replies
    Daily Telegraph ^ | 08/13/2013 | Claire Carter
    The 15-strong team working on Sun, Sex and Suspicious Parents spent a ten day gap between filming partying on the beach and drinking, as well as relaxing in a five star hotel. They had been filming the BBC3 series, which follows teenagers on their first holiday abroad without their parents, who can secretly watch them. But filming was reportedly scrapped when the three boys they were focusing on realised what was happening. With ten days left before filming for the next documentary started, the crew decided to spend their time partying, spending their time on a yacht and in bars....
  • Secret NSA program in Thailand - Anudith seeks probe

    08/04/2013 8:14:20 PM PDT · by TexGrill · 1 replies
    Nation ^ | 08/03/2013 | Asina Pornwasin
    Information and Communications Technology Minister Anudith Nakornthap yesterday said relevant agencies need to investigate the report about the existence in Thailand of the X-Keyscore operation - a US National Security Agency (NSA) program that allegedly secretly intercepts information delivered online. Cyber-security experts in Thailand said it was possible that this country was one of the locations for the X-Keyscore operation. The program can be located at any data centre or at the servers of any organisation that lacked security, the experts said. Anudith said the ICT Ministry, the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC), and network operators had to ensure...
  • Truce in south Thailand turns out to be short-lived

    08/04/2013 8:09:04 PM PDT · by TexGrill · 7 replies
    Jakarta Post ^ | 08/05/2013 | Nirmal Ghosh
    The successful raid on a Malay-Muslim militant camp in the remote jungles of Thailand's troubled Muslim-majority south was a small victory for its embattled security forces. The only problem was that it took place on July 21 and 22, when a ceasefire was supposed to be in operation in the region. The Thai authorities and the insurgent group Barisan Revolusi Nasional Patani Melayu (BRN) had agreed on July 12, at negotiations facilitated by Malaysia, to refrain from "any aggressive actions" during the month of Ramadan from July 10 to Aug 8. The agreement covered the provinces of Yala, Narathiwat -...
  • Bitcoins banned in Thailand

    07/29/2013 8:07:53 PM PDT · by TexGrill · 9 replies
    Daily Telegraph ^ | 07/29/2013 | Andrew Trotman
    In a statement on its website, Bitcoin said it had given a presentation to the Bank of Thailand about how the currency works in a bid to operate in the country. However, at the end of the meeting, "senior members of the Foreign Exchange Administration and Policy Department advised that due to lack of existing applicable laws, capital controls and the fact that Bitcoin straddles multiple financial facets... Bitcoin activities are illegal in Thailand". The ruling means it is illegal to buy and sell bitcoins, buy or sell any goods or services in exchange for bitcoins, send any bitcoins to...
  • Oil spill in Thailand’s sea reaches tourist island

    07/29/2013 8:04:30 PM PDT · by TexGrill · 2 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | 07/29/2013 | AP
    BANGKOK — An oil spill that leaked from a pipeline has reached a popular tourist island in Thailand’s eastern sea despite continuous attempts to clean it up over the weekend, officials said Monday. About 50 tons of crude oil spilled into the sea off Rayong province Saturday morning after a leak sprung in a pipeline operated by PTT Global Chemical Plc, a subsidiary of state-owned oil and gas company PTT Plc. Streaks of crude oil about 300 meters (984 feet) wide have marred the shore of Prao Bay on Samet Island, one of the most popular beach destinations among Thai...
  • More people believe corruption on the rise: poll (Thailand)

    07/26/2013 1:21:46 AM PDT · by TexGrill · 4 replies
    Nation ^ | 07/26/2013 | Yossarin Boonwiwattanakarn
    THAILAND'S corruption-perception index in Thailand increased to 74 per cent in June from 63 per cent in December 2012, according to a survey of 2,400 respondents conducted by the University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce (UTCC). Some 51.9 per cent of respondents believed firms that win government contracts pay more than 25 per cent of the project value in bribes, up from 38.5 per cent who believed this in the previous survey. Corruption continues to worsen despite higher public awareness of the problem, but people remain optimistic that things will get better in the future, the UTCC said. Based...
  • Thailand opens gay marriage debate in Asia

    07/25/2013 7:56:53 PM PDT · by TexGrill
    Asia Times ^ | 07/25/2013 | Simba Shani Kamaria Russeau
    These days I believe I am not the only one who thinks the Thai economy is slowing down. Many agencies, both public and private, have all revised down their growth forecasts for the country. Following disappointing...
  • The forgotten element of thailand's growth (Thailand)

    07/25/2013 7:56:53 PM PDT · by TexGrill · 4 replies
    Bangkok Post ^ | 07/26/2013 | Bangkok Post
    These days I believe I am not the only one who thinks the Thai economy is slowing down. Many agencies, both public and private, have all revised down their growth forecasts for the country. Following disappointing...
  • WATCH: Zoo keeper lucky to be alive after CROCODILE slams jaws shut on his head (Thailand)

    07/24/2013 9:02:39 PM PDT · by TexGrill · 12 replies
    Express ^ | 07/24/2013 | Owen Bennett
    A CROCODILE trainer was lucky not to be decapitated after one of the reptiles snapped its jaws shut on his head.
  • KFC Is Not Amused by ‘Hitler’ Fried Chicken (Thailand)

    07/08/2013 9:43:03 PM PDT · by TexGrill · 47 replies
    TIME ^ | 07/08/2013 | Melissa Locker
    A new restaurant in Bangkok has made KFC snap to Achtung! In May, Andrew Spooner, author of the “Footprint Thailand Handbook,” snapped a photo of a new restaurant that had just opened in Thailand and tweeted it out : Very bizarre Hitler Fried Chicken shop in Thailand. I kid you not. Complete with pic of Hitler in bow tie http://t.co/9OS1FgfUCx — Andrew Spooner (@andrewspoooner) May 28, 2013 (MORE: A Führer in a Teapot) Now Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) may sue the fried chicken restaurant, which is called “Hitler,” for replacing its iconic image of Colonel Sanders with Adolf Hitler, complete...
  • Government wants foreign visitors to be insured (ObamaCare in Thailand)

    06/28/2013 2:00:13 AM PDT · by TexGrill · 11 replies
    Bangkok Post ^ | 06/28/2013 | Paritta Wangkiat
    Various state agencies have agreed in principle with the Public Health Ministry’s proposal to require foreign tourists to buy travel and health insurance before arriving in Thailand. The ministry on Wednesday made the proposal at a meeting with representatives from the Airports of Thailand (AoT), the Royal Thai Police and various other government ministries. Public Health Minister Pradit Sinthawanarong, who chaired the meeting, said the ministry proposed the cost of health insurance coverage might be included in visa fees. He said non-visa tourists might have to pay for their health insurance coverage at immigration checkpoints or the fees could be...
  • French want easier access to airspace (Thailand)

    06/26/2013 7:25:26 PM PDT · by TexGrill · 3 replies
    Bangkok Post ^ | 06/27/2013 | Bangkok Post
    French operators of private airlines have asked the government to change its rules regarding planes flying through Thai airspace. Under current rules, airlines must submit requests to enter Thai airspace seven days in advance. The French firms want this reduced to one day. Transport Minister Chadchat Sittipunt said Wednesday the airlines want the Department of Civil Aviation to adopt the same one-day request format used by other Asian nations. The department's director-general Woradech Harnprasertkul said he is considering the request. However, an immediate change to the rule would be impossible. The department will have to discuss the change with the...
  • Slavery at sea has Thailand teetering toward US sanctions

    06/25/2013 7:47:54 PM PDT · by TexGrill · 5 replies
    Global Post ^ | 06/23/2013 | Patrick Winn
    BANGKOK, Thailand — Their condition recalls dark tales from the 18th century: underfed men lorded over by seafaring captains who pay them nothing and maim the disobedient. Yet these forced labor abuses play out on Thai-owned fishing trawlers each day. And the victims — typically destitute men from Myanmar or Cambodia lured by coyotes full of false promises — continue to wash ashore with accounts of torture and casual homicide. For years, US officials have urged Thailand, one of America’s closest Asian allies, to rid its $7.3 billion fisheries export industry of these abuses. Though carried out on lawless seas,...
  • Berkeley man dies in Thailand

    06/25/2013 7:41:53 PM PDT · by TexGrill · 33 replies
    Illawarra Mercury ^ | 06/26/2013 | Illawarra Mercury
    Mystery still surrounds the death of a Berkeley man who fell from a balcony on the Thai island of Phuket on Monday afternoon. Joshua Smits, 24, died in a Phuket hospital on Monday night after reportedly leaping from a third-floor balcony at a new hotel in Patong. Phuket Wan, a tourism news site, reported yesterday that Mr Smits (pictured) startled onlookers when he ran through the street, up the stairs, into the room and jumped off the balcony. A maid, who was making up a room at the guesthouse about 2pm, witnessed the incident. The site reported Mr Smits had...
  • Bangkok cheapest office rent in Asia

    06/24/2013 1:42:39 AM PDT · by TexGrill · 3 replies
    Bangkok Post ^ | 06/24/2013 | DPA
    Bangkok is the cheapest city for office space rental in Asia this year, while Hong Kong is the most expensive, an international property consulting company said Monday. Out of 127 cities surveyed worldwide by the CBRE Global Research and Consulting's semi-annual prime office occupancy costs survey, Bangkok ranked 115th, the cheapest in the Asia-Pacific region. Central Hong Kong had the region's and world's highest office rents for the third year in a row, at an average rate of US$235.23 per square metre per month, said the survey, based on rental rates in the first quarter of 2013. Central London's West...
  • Nearly 49,000 infected with dengue, 59 dead in Thailand

    06/23/2013 9:57:57 PM PDT · by TexGrill · 3 replies
    Xinhua ^ | 06/21/2013 | wang yuanyuan
    BANGKOK, June 21 (Xinhua) -- Nearly 49,000 people in Thailand have been infected with dengue virus, 59 of whom died, Thai National News Bureau reported Friday. According to Public Health Minister Pradit Sintavanarong, dengue situation in Thailand is still of concern given nearly 49, 000 people have so far been afflicted by the disease. 59 patients have died of dengue fever since the beginning of 2013, and more than half of the number were children. The minister has, therefore, urged all hospitals to diagnose their patients carefully and thoroughly. The minister has also urged related agencies nationwide to step up...
  • Democrats to impeach govt over water project (Thailand, but we can still dream ...)

    06/19/2013 11:39:59 PM PDT · by TexGrill · 2 replies
    Nation ^ | Nation
    The opposition Democrat Party will file a petition to remove the Cabinet on suspicion that the government colluded with four large companies in the bidding for the Bt350-billion water-management scheme. Democrat Bangkok MP Atthavit Suwannapakdee, also a shadow Cabinet spokesman, said his Cabinet had decided to solicit 120 MP signatures to file impeachment proceedings against the government's Cabinet. The opposition is accusing the government of violating the National Anti-Corruption Commission law and the Constitution's Article 67 for not allowing members of the public to take part in the bidding, and for colluding with four large conglomerates in the bidding process....
  • Rice pledging price cut to B12,000 (Thailand)

    06/19/2013 10:58:10 PM PDT · by TexGrill · 1 replies
    Bangkok Post ^ | 06/20/2013 | Bangkok Post
    An emergency cabinet meeting on Wednesday agreed to reduce the price paid under the rice-pledging scheme by 20 per cent, effective with the second crop beginning on July 1. The decision cuts the rice-pledging price from 15,000 to 12,000 baht per tonne, as proposed by the National Rice Policy Committee, PM’s Office Minister Varathep Rattanakorn said. The reduction in the pledging price will take effect from July 1. In addition to the 20% cut, the amount paid to each farming family will be capped under the new rules at 500,000 baht, he said. Mr Varathep said the decision was based...
  • Thailand admits losing $4.4bn from controversial rice scheme

    06/18/2013 9:19:52 PM PDT · by TexGrill · 6 replies
    Fox News ^ | 06/18/2013 | Associated Press
    BANGKOK – Thailand's government has acknowledged losing more than $4.46 billion in a much-criticized scheme to support rice prices that ended up dislodging the country from its top spot as the grain's exporter. Prime Minister's Office Minister Warathep Rattanakorn said Tuesday the government's sales of the rice failed to cover the sum it paid to farmers under the 2011-2012 subsidy program. Under the scheme, the government buys rice from farmers at about 15,000 baht ($490) a ton, hundreds more than the market price. Its inability to resell much of it on the international market allowed India and Vietnam to surpass...
  • Mega-projects to fuel power demand, need for coal plants (Thailand)

    06/18/2013 12:20:56 AM PDT · by TexGrill · 1 replies
    Nation ^ | 06/18/2013 | Watchara Pussayanawin
    Energy Minister Pongsak Ruktapongpisal believes the government's Bt2-trillion infrastructure mega-projects, which will support future growth of communities and cities along the new high-speed-rail route, will push up demand for electricity substantially. The Energy Ministry is drafting an electricity-generation development plan from now to 2030 that will differ from the Power Development Plan 2010 as the demand for power is expected to surge to 70,000 megawatts by 2030, driven by the various mega-projects, including the transport-infrastructure programme and the Bt350-billion water-management scheme. The high-speed railway alone will need additional power-generating plants to produce 1,200MW for each route. Of the 70,000MW power...
  • Country faces tough task clearing out rice stocks

    06/17/2013 7:45:25 PM PDT · by TexGrill · 24 replies
    Nation ^ | 06/17/2013 | Petchanet Pratruangkrai
    It remains doubtful if the Yingluck Shinawatra government can do what it promised - finalise the loss figure of the rice-pledging scheme in a few years after releasing all of its rice stockpiles. The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has forecast that the inventories of many countries, including Thailand, will grow this year and next year. The high price of Thai rice is expected to make it difficult to make quick sales of rice to clear out the inventory. The government has recently denied that the rice mortgage scheme suffered losses of about Bt260 billion during the past two years...